Sotelo Margalef Arquitectes renovated and extended a house in Empordà, Girona, Spain. The office describes the project as follows:
The intervention is approached in structural and material continuity with the existing, becoming part of the complex in a natural way, as if it had always been there.
The effort of the project lies in the implementation of the new volume of the extension and in the design of a series of external arrangements (new planting, paving and staircase) with a minimal impact on the natural surroundings. For this reason, the use of traditional and local materials was chosen, with La Bisbal handmade ceramics standing out.
The extension of a 2.60 m wide bay with a sloping roof, annexed to the western boundary of the house, houses the new kitchen and a small dining room. These two parts are connected, by means of two passages in the original façade wall, with the main volume of the house, giving it a new circulation and visuals. Around this wall, the white marble fireplace formalises the rest of the public area of the house.
Ceramic masonry walls; a sloping roof of laminated wooden beams, sandwich panels and Arabic tiles; wooden exterior joinery and flooring; terracotta hand-brick exteriors and lime mortar plaster are some of the materials employed in that work.